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Dr. James M. Dorsey, a non-resident Senior Associate at the BESA Center, is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture.

ARTICLES BY: James M. Dorsey

December 1, 2021 11:27 am

Russia Pushes Its Influence in the Middle East

Russia hopes to blow new life into a proposal for a multilateral security architecture in the Gulf, with the tacit approval of the Biden administration. For...

November 22, 2021 12:23 pm

Turkish ‘Diplomacy’ in Israel, Lebanon, and the Middle East

Just in case there were any doubts, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu demonstrated with his recent visit to Lebanon that improved relations between Middle Eastern...

November 18, 2021 12:44 pm

Saudi Arabia Keeps Eye on Religious Ball in Global Competition for Talent

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has tamed his kingdom’s ultra-conservative religious establishment, and made hyper-nationalism rather than religion a pillar of a new...

November 16, 2021 12:30 pm

Religious and Ethnic Intolerance Threatens to Spin Out of Control; We Can Stop It

The family of nations is balancing on the edge of religious and ethnic intolerance becoming the norm. Western as well as non-Western societies have helped paved...

November 11, 2021 10:47 am

Muslim Unity and Moderate Islam

Former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki Al-Faisal Al-Saud must have gotten his tenses mixed up when he asserted in a recently published memoir that no...

November 9, 2021 7:24 am

South Asia Replaces the Middle East as the Epicenter of Ultra-Conservative Islam

As Middle Eastern states attempt to manage their political and security differences, Muslim-majority countries are regrouping along a fault line that separates proponents of varying...

November 7, 2021 4:15 pm

Ultraconservative Triumph Puts Pakistan at Risk of Islamic Violence and Terror

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan may have temporarily averted further violence by caving in to the demands of a militant, supremacist religious group. But in...

October 28, 2021 11:42 am

Why the World Is Engaging with the Taliban

The Taliban and Pakistan, both viewed warily by the West and others in the international community, appear to be benefiting from mounting concerns about the...

October 25, 2021 11:36 am

For Turkey and Iran, Soft Power Is More Difficult Than Hard Power

The times, they are a changin’. Iranian leaders may not be Bob Dylan fans, but his words are likely to resonate, as the mullahs contemplate...

October 20, 2021 12:09 pm

Iran Poll Contains Different Messages for Biden and Raisi

“It’s the economy, stupid.” That is the message of a just-published survey of Iranian public opinion. However, the substance of the message differs for newly elected hard-line...

October 18, 2021 11:47 am

What Are America’s True Interests in the Middle East?

The future of US engagement in the Middle East hangs in the balance. Two decades of war in Afghanistan, and continued military engagement in Iraq and...

October 15, 2021 10:30 am

Is the US Withdrawal From the Middle East a Good Thing?

It may not have been planned or coordinated, but efforts by Middle Eastern states to dial down tensions in the region serve as an example...

October 12, 2021 11:27 am

Gulf Security: It’s Not All Bad News

Gulf states are in a pickle. They fear that the emerging parameters of a reconfigured US commitment to security in the Middle East threaten to upend...

October 11, 2021 2:03 pm

Reducing Middle East Tensions Can Decrease Sectarianism and Opens Doors for Women

Two separate developments involving improved relations between Sunni and Shiite Muslims and women’s sporting rights demonstrate major shifts in how the rivalry for leadership of...


Apple Music Reveals Israel’s Top Hits of 2021

i24 News – Apple Music on Wednesday released its annual Top 100 chart, revealing the most played songs of 2021...

British Rapper Wiley Again Suspended From Twitter, Instagram After Antisemitic Tirade

Twitter and Instagram have once again suspended the accounts of British rapper Wiley...


Officers Wounded in Suspected Ramming Attack in Central Israel

i24 News – Two Border Police officers were wounded Friday after a car ran into the police force in the Israeli-Arab city Umm al-Fahm. According to Israel’s police, officers fired at...

Middle East

Hundreds of Hanukkah Kits Sent to Jews Living in Arab Countries - Hundreds of kits containing Hanukkah items, such as menorahs and dreidels, were recently sent to Jews living in Arab countries who must “observe their Judaism secretively.” The kits were...

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